This week starts out with a variety of ways to celebrate the macabre and the departed, whether you want to scare yourself silly or just dress up and party. There’s a hip-hop Halloween concert by Richmond’s Heartbreak Gang, a triple feature of classic (and kitschy) horror movies from the 60s, 70s, and 80s at the Castro Theater, and a beautiful Dia de los Muertos festival down in Santa Cruz. Once you’ve had your fill of costumes and skeletons, you can try out a brand-new Italian restaurant concept at Michael Mina’s test kitchen and see comedian David Spade in a rare moment of solo stand-up that is guaranteed to leave you laughing for the rest of the week.
October 31 | Music
One of the most exciting and vibrant hip-hop collectives in the Bay Area is Richmond’s Heartbreak Gang, or HBK for short. Their third annual Heartbreak Halloween concert promises to be one of the liveliest parties in town, with costumes ripped straight from the Internet’s latest memes. The event also functions as a showcase of some of the local talent making moves beyond the region, like headlining rappers Sage the Gemini and IAMSU! and singer Kehlani, who are all enjoying international recognition these days.
8 p.m. | The Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco | (415) 345-0900 | From $35 | website
October 31 | Film
Triple Feature: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead
If you want to scare the absolute crap out of yourself in the campiest way possible, take in this triple feature of classic scary but kitschy horror movies at the Castro Theatre: 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and 1981’s The Evil Dead. While there’s no official Castro Halloween party this year, an unofficial party will surely be taking place on the sidewalks surrounding the theater up and down Castro Street; it should be a colorful and crowded taste of San Francisco.
3:30 p.m. | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco | (415) 621-6350 | $13 | website
Oct 31 | Restaurant opening
Earlier this year, restaurateur Michael Mina started trying out new pop-up food concepts in his Mina Test Kitchen with the idea that the most successful ideas will go on to become permanent restaurants. Starting October 31st, the kitchen will debut a concept called Little Italy, an unabashed homage to old-school East Coast Italian-American culture and cuisine. Chef Adam Sobel has created a menu of hearty dishes like tortellini alla panna, manicotti al forno, and veal and eggplant parmesan and is offering over 20 Italian wines by the glass.
Times vary, Wednesday through Saturday nights |Mina Test Kitchen, 2120 Greenwich Street, San Francisco | From $49 | website
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November 3 | Comedy
As a Saturday Night Live alum and a veteran of comedic films (like his Joe Dirt series), David Spade is best known for his work in ensembles. This week brings a rare opportunity to see him as do solo standup, where his incisive wit and self-deprecating humor truly shine. Spade is touring in support of his brand new memoir called Almost Interesting, which he himself has called a definite page-turner.
8 p.m.| Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco| (415) 928-4320 | From $40 | website
Día de los Muertos Community Festival
Sundays are always the perfect day to make the leisurely 75-mile drive south to Santa Cruz, but this weekend is a particularly good one because the seaside town will be celebrating the Day of the Dead. Head to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center for a full afternoon of dancing, food, and art, then join the procession to Evergreen Cemetery where the evening concludes with an outdoor screening of the fantasy animated adventure The Book of Life.
2 p.m. | Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz | (831) 429-1964 | Free | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.